More than €7.3m allocated to Sligo town area in past few days

More than €7.3m has been allocated for five major developments in the Sligo town area in the past few days.

The latest is €6.2m announced this morning for three projects.

The €6.2m announced this morning for Sligo town includes €4.3m for the Eastern Garavogue Bridge and its approach roads, €1.2m for the enhancement of O’Connell Street, and €750,000 for the start of work on redeveloping the Stephen Street Car Park.

In Donegal, Letterkenny has secured €1m for work to revitalise the town and promote business.

The money is coming from the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, one of four funds established under the government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan launched in IT Sligo earlier this year.

Under another fund for rural regeneration and development, €4.5m was announced for four projects in Sligo and Donegal during Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s visit here last Friday.

Half a million euro was announced for the Yeats cultural heritage trail in Sligo; more than €600,000 for the Strandhill Surf Centre; €1.7m for Swan Park in Buncrana; and €1.5m for an existing business park in Gaoth Dobhair.

Sligo/Leitrim Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin says the new funding will help start a new positive chapter in the history of Sligo town:

Construction on the €20m Eastern Garavogue Bridge is expected to start next year.

Independent Alliance Councillor Marie Casserly says the new bridge will open up the eastern side of Sligo town.